Assisted living facilities are responsible for the safety of all residents. If your loved one suffered injuries due to an accident at their assisted living home, you might be entitled to compensation for your losses. This process can be difficult, but a Washington DC assisted living accident lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can assist you.
Washington DC Assisted Living Facility Accidents
Avoidable accidents in assisted living facilities can arise when employees fail to ensure no hazardous conditions exist on the property. While those with cognitive problems or mobility issues may be at a higher risk of accidents, all facility residents could be at risk of suffering harm.
Accidents in Washington DC assisted living facilities can include, among others:
Slip and Falls
Falls can have devastating consequences on the health and well-being of seniors. An assisted living facility should take all precautions possible to avoid falls. Some of the avoidable causes of slip and falls in assisted living can include:
- Objects or cables cluttering walking surfaces
- Inadequate lighting
- Broken or loose flooring
- Loose mats and rugs
- Frayed and bulging carpets
- Missing handrails
- Recently waxed floors
An assisted living facility could potentially be responsible for a senior’s expenses, injuries, and suffering. A Washington DC assisted living accident lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can assess your case and determine whether you have a claim against a facility and could recover compensation.
We typically move our relatives to an assisted living facility so they can still enjoy some independence while receiving assistance with daily tasks and household chores. An assisted living facility offers individualized assistance to residents that can include:
- Help with meals
- Assistance with personal hygiene
- Helping residents keep their apartments clean
However, if a resident suffers from general neglect that results in an accident and injury, such as a fall, hot water scalding, or infections due to lack of hygiene, you could have a claim against an assisted living facility.
Assisted living employees are generally required to help residents with medications and monitor their health and medical conditions. If employees neglect a senior’s medical needs or make errors when dispensing medication, the assisted living facility could be responsible for any injuries.
Proving Negligence of an Assisted Living Facility
Residents in assisted living facilities generally have more freedom. They typically live in their own apartment and are free to walk the property and grounds. In turn, assisted living facilities do not have to observe the same strict laws and regulations applicable to nursing homes.
This can make proving negligence somewhat challenging. However, a Washington DC assisted living accident lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you gather the crucial evidence proving that a facility acted negligently in causing your loved one’s injuries and expenses.
In a lawsuit, you could potentially recover compensation that can include medical costs, physical pain, emotional distress, and other types of damages. An attorney from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can potentially help you prove negligence, build a comprehensive case against the facility, and recover adequate compensation.
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Statute of Limitations for Assisted Living Facility Lawsuits
Timely action can be important for your claim against an assisted living facility. While you generally have three years to file a claim in Washington DC, according to the Code of the District of Columbia §12–301, seeking legal assistance immediately can be advantageous.
Taking an assisted living facility to court typically involves complex legal issues, and proving negligence will most likely require a considerable amount of evidence. Waiting too long can mean that crucial evidence disappears, and eyewitnesses might be unable to recall all details of an accident.
Injuries in Assisted Living Facility Accidents
Injuries in accidents can be physically painful, emotionally distressing, and costly. Falls and other assisted living accidents can result in injuries such as:
- Head and brain trauma
- Broken bones
- Burns and cuts
- Spinal cord injuries
- Dislocations and sprains
Unfortunately, some injuries can be fatal or have a devastating impact on the senior’s future life quality. In some cases, an elderly assisted living resident may never recover full mobility after a tragic accident such as a fall.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Can Fight for Your Loved One’s Rights
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you stand up against a negligent assisted living facility. We can work tirelessly to get our clients the justice and compensation that they deserve. Some of the ways we can help include:
- Providing legal guidance and advice
- Gathering the necessary evidence to prove negligence
- Investigating the records of the assisted living facility
- Building a comprehensive case against a negligent facility
- Collecting witness statements
- Hiring expert witnesses
- Representing you in court
We also handle these cases on a contingency-fee-basis, which means that you pay us no attorney’s fees unless you win your case. If your case is not successful, you do not pay us for our time. There is no risk when you work with our team.
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Your loved one deserves justice for the injuries they suffered at their assisted living facility. Your Washington DC assisted living accident lawyer can protect your loved one’s rights and fight for the compensation you and your loved one are due. Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm now to determine whether you have a claim and could recover compensation at (800) 223-5115.